American Dad “The Kidney Stays in the Picture” Review

After discovering the wonders of Facebook for the first time, Francine reconnected with an old friend known as “The Kidney Killer” on tonight’s episode of American Dad, “The Kidney Stays in the Picture.”

I thought I’d be tired of Facebook related gags by now, but the scenes with Francine and Roger’s interaction on the social network were pretty hilarious. I cracked up when we caught a glimpse of Roger’s friends list which revealed over 3,000 “friends” who were made up entirely of his different personas.

Ignoring Stan’s warnings, Francine took Haley out with her to barhop with her infamous drinking buddy, Kelly Wilk. Francine was barely phased the ludicrous amounts of alcohol they were drinking, but Haley just couldn’t keep up. One fatal shot put her over her limit, and as a result, one of her kidneys died in a rather comical tragedy of internal organs.

At the hospital, Francine and Stan learned that Haley’s other kidney was on the verge of failure and that if she didn’t receive a kidney transplant, she would die. Because Francine only had one kidney left herself, Stan valiantly stepped up to donate a kidney of his own. Stan is usually pretty selfish, so it was nice to see him willing to make a sacrifice like that to save his daughter when I could have easily believed that he might suggest forcing a prisoner for a donation or something along those lines.

Of course, that sweet moment was spoiled by Francine’s revelation that Stan might not be Haley’s father after all. Francine had a one night stand three days before her wedding and although she couldn’t remember anything about the mystery man, she pleaded for Stan to track him down so they could save Haley with his kidney.

Coincidentally, the CIA had finally figured out the ins and outs of time travel and, without discussing any possible time travel paradox problems, Francine and Stan jumped back to 1996 to unearth the identity of Francine’s mystery man. Not surprisingly, Stan wasn’t able to contain his bubbling rage and interrupted Francine’s coatroom coitus.

Of course, Francine immediately realized why this would be a problem and after explaining why Stan’s block was a problem, they had to convince their former selves to let Francine get it on with the scumbag at the club.

Stan has another “aww” moment, as he’s trying to convince 90’s Francine and Stan to go along with their plan. He talks very sweetly about the struggles and the blessings of being Haley’s father and ultimately realizes that even if he isn’t her biological father, she’s will always be his daughter.

Now sober, 90’s Francine can’t get her head around the thought of sleeping with some random guy at the club, so Stan and Francine turn to someone who usually has solutions to these kinds of problems. Carrying a printed formula for Ecstasy, Francine and Stan visit Roger who quickly puts together the formula for them to use. A couple drops and 90’s Francine is ready to get it on at the club while 90’s Stan watches unhappily.

Roger’s dance scenes in this episode were absolutely hilarious. When he first tested out his Ecstasy concoction, and his eyes went all starry, and he was suddenly overcome with “feelings” and the urge for glowstick dancing, I couldn’t help but laugh out loud. Later, as twisted as his American Psycho set up was, it was impossible for me to not laugh as he pranced around behind a bound and gagged Joel.

We never really found out if Stan was actually Haley’s biological father, but the point was that it didn’t really matter to Stan anymore. Haley would always be his daughter, biological or not. Putting aside Roger’s method of kidney collection, it was a really sweet ending to a solid episode of American Dad.

  • Natsfan1112

    The episode was terrible. 

  • Anonymous

    I liked the episode, sweet and funny. Roger of course was hilarious though. 😀

  • I just watched the episode, thought it was really good. And I died laughing at the end when he was talking about the “gym” accident to his past self. lmao

  • Argonautt2009

    OK, is nobody else the least bit offended by this episode?  She cheated on him, not only once, but twice only the second time she convinced him to let it happen and not say anything about it, and go on raising a daughter he knows isn’t even his, a daughter who treats him like crap, who doesn’t even really love him, in fact the last thing she said to him was how wrong he was and nobody ever listens to him.  What exactly did he get in the end?  What had it all been for?  I mean, when Lois cheated on Peter with Bill Clinton and tried to make things right, at least we knew that they would be able to work things out because they genuinely loved one another.  Stan and his family is sort of in the air.  I know he isn’t a perfect dad, but his heart is in the right place, him willing to give up his kidney for Haley certainly proved it.   At the very least, they should’ve ended the episode with Haley thanking him and them having a heart warming moment.

    • Ramjet

      I bet your wife cheat on you hahahahaha

  • RAFerdz

    It seemed like a desperate episode… Some of it was funny but alot of it sucked… Worst episode I’ve seen from American Dad

  • espie

    ” Putting aside Roger’s method of kidney collection” – so you hated the best part?!

    • Anonymous

      No not at all – his dancing was totally the best part of this episode (as I mentioned in an earlier paragraph: “Later, as twisted as his American Psycho set up was, it was impossible for me to not laugh as he pranced around behind a bound and gagged Joel.” )

      My final paragraph described Stan’s heartfelt decision to save Haley even if she wasn’t biologically his.  That sentence continues “Putting aside Roger’s method of kidney collection, it was a really sweet ending to a solid episode…”  Roger’s kidney collecting dance bit was hilarious, but not at all “sweet.”

      • espie

        No, not sweet at all, but that was the hardest I laughed at any point this season. Good review! 🙂

      • espie

        No, not sweet at all, but that was the hardest I laughed at any point this season. Good review! 🙂

  • Arashispawn

    this episode was a pice of crap is stan haleys father?Hell is steve?if they were  not mine i would send fancine in the past and bring her back at 12:01 so she would be a giant blob of shit stuff freeze her in luquid nitrogen then smash her and kill haley and steve

  • Grifftrain2000

    I love your reviews. I did like this episode, but it was a bit disturbing knowing Francine cheated on Stan, no matter the circumstances. Please keep your reviews coming. I love the way you really dig into the episodes and tell us how you perceive them. It makes for great reading

  • Rahsaan Woods

    THis is why I don’t like Time travel episodes with at stupid plot. IF they had a time Machine why didn’t they just go back in time and stiop her from drinking and destroying her kidney.